Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic final in 9.63s
The men's 100m final finish - Usain Bolt wins (Image: AFP)
Usain Bolt has won the Men’s 100m Olympic Final at London 2012, defending his crown from Beijing in 2008 to win in a scintillating Olympic record time of 9.63s.
Jamaican compatriot and former training partner Johan Blake won silver in 9.75, equalling his personal best, while Justin Gatlin from the USA held off Tyson Gay by 0.01 to win bronze in 9.79.
Bolt set his second fastest ever time – destroying the field after the start and running out to the line. His face showed his enormous explosive power and concentration.
Bolt’s start wasn’t perfect, with Gay next to him getting his trademark perfect beginning, but his drive to maximum velocity simply blew the others away.
Blake, Gatlin and Gay finished in a line, with Gatlin’s lunge at the line just tipping out Gay.
Seven of the eight men ran sub-10s times, with only Asafa Powell unable to run to the line competitively, injuring himself in the run.
Bolt told Channel Nine: “It’s all about championships for me”.
“I’m so confident with my coach, we just went back and executed”
“Yeah, there were some nerves, but after the semi-finals I felt a lot better and felt confident.”
He finished with this: “I want to say to the Australian people, I’m visiting, I’m coming on vacation in September”.
The five fastest 100m times in history:
9.58 Bolt, Berlin ’09
9.63 Bolt, London ’12
9.69 Bolt, Beijing ’08
9.69 Gay, Shanghai ’09
9.71 Gay, Berlin ’09